A Colorado man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly running a credit card scam in Casper as part of a multi-state criminal enterprise, prosecutors said.
Ernesto O. Chacon Navarro, of Brighton, is facing nine felonies in the case.
Chacon Navarro used stolen credit card numbers between December and January to purchase prepaid Visa and Mastercard gift cards in Casper Walmarts and a Sam’s Club, court documents state. Chacon Navarro and other unidentified people also ran a similar scam in Minnesota, South Dakota and Nevada.
Chacon Navarro returned to Casper in late February. When he entered Sam’s Club to purchase more gift cards on Wednesday, a Casper police detective arrived at the store and arrested him following a brief struggle.
Another detective searched Chacon Navarro’s rental car and found $2,400 in prepaid gift cards.
Chacon Navarro is linked to a criminal group that has stolen thousands of credit cards, prosecutor Trevor Schenk said Thursday in Natrona County Circuit Court.
The United States Secret Service is investigating the group, Schenk said.
Chacon Navarro, speaking through an interpreter, initially said he could not post a $50,000 cash-only bond recommended by Schenk.
Judge Michael Patchen set the bond at Schenk’s request, after which Navarro indicated he might be able to bond out.
“What if I make some calls and get the money for the bail?” Navarro’s interpreter asked on his behalf.
Chacon Navarro faces eight counts of forgery and one count of unlawful use of a credit card.